Studying last weeks message for sunday I came across a great quote from Bruce Milne concerning John 3.35: The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.
Here is the quote: The mutual love of the Father and the Son means much in this Gospel…For the love of the Father guarantees the Son’s plenipotentiary powers.
Plenipotentiary: A person, esp. a diplomat, invested with the full power of independent action on behalf of their government, typically in a foreign country.
Plenary is also conceived within this word as well: unconditionally full, coming from the connection between two middle english words: plenarius: complete and plenus: full
Something to think about.
I will meditate on the glorious spendor of your majesty, and on Your wonderous works. -Psalm 145.5
Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation – Psalm 62.1
I came across an A.W. Tozer quote this morning: “If you do all the talking when you pray, how will you ever hear God’s answers?”. In 2006 when our ministry was in Germany, there was a specific time when the Lord convicted me of this immaturity in my life. What is a relationship without grounded communication, and even worse, what is a relationship that is grounded only upon one sided communication? (“well, enough about me, what do you think of me?”) I had spent the majority of my prayer life, my communication with the living God, within the confines of my own worries and supplications without hearing the great treasures of His response to my needs and questions! I became like a man who is given a check worth a great amount of worth and simply turning it into the bank without receiving the riches the check entitles; I simply didn’t have the time. I started looking for a place where I could be silent, to calm my heart and my mind in expectation to hear His voice, to experience that peace that passes all understanding, and to return to an eternal perspective where Christ resides upon His throne in my heart and mind. Coming to that conclusion through the conviction of my sinful pride changed my prayer life for the better! I am able to affirm, like king David, that I find peace within the silent meditation that humbles, invokes peace, and exchanges the dross of my mind with the call to worship an intimate and communicative God.
Walking with God down the avenue of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace.
– E. M. Bounds